- Really interesting reflection on the catholic origins of this. Certainly here in the UK , this day seems to be celebrated far more in the last 5 years.I suppose this is just a reflection of a widespread American influence on our society. Thank you for taking the time to write this informative piece on Halloween.
- —Guest Chris Mannion.(York ,England)
I hate the puritan heresy
- Once again the spirit of Hate - and what comes with hate Ignorance on the Move - comes to destroy all that is beautiful in our world. I now see how the fun and freedom of Holloween in my youth is a good to be passed on to the next generation. But I have to fight the "demonic" attack from the puritans
- —Guest Armando
- thankfully someone who understands the orgins of the "disguising" (to hide one's self from the evil spirits abroad on all hallows' eve) - that is why trick or treating is called "guising" in Scotland. the pennies and fine pieces scare away evil and bless the dressed up people.
- —Guest mamabeak
But how to KEEP it Catholic?
- Scott, I was vaguely aware of Halloween's roots before, but thanks for filling in the details. I and my wife and kids are all avid Halloween enthusiasts and will probably remain so for the foreseeable future. We love trick-or-treating and we dress the kids (they're still young enough that we have a lot of say in their costume choices) as saints. So I'm not sure I agree with your response to the All Saints Day approach, where you call it "at best" an attempt to Christianize something that's already Christian. You almost seem to be encouraging a NON-saints approach. And what I'm unclear about is how dressing up as Freddie Kruger is a celebration of heaven, hell, or purgatory, and how it can help us to be better Catholics. Thanks as always for a great post.
- —Guest Jay
Remembering My Dad
- This year will be my first year to celebrate the passing of my Dad by making a altar at a near-by function where lots of other people will make an altar. I have never done this, and we will eat native Mexican food and, instead of being SAD, it will be a celebration.
- —Guest Elizabeth